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My Story

A photo of Michelle, from Michelle's Swim Stars.  A swimming teacher who teaches children from 3-8 years old in Nairn.

I had been running a company called Ready, Steady, Splash Michelle since January 2023 but decided to set up on my own, and created "Michelle’s Swim Stars" in November 2023. 

I only qualified as a swimming teacher later in life, it was something I had always considered doing but never found the time and, to be honest, feared doing.  It was so different to anything I had done before, having worked for GlaxoSmithKline in a Supply Chain role and Diageo in Procurement, my experience was not even close to teaching swimming.  I now have the Level 2 Award and Certificate in Swimming with the Swimming Teachers Association (STA).  I am so pleased I decided to go for it as since qualifying I have met some amazing people and love what I do.  I have run my own swim school since January 2023 and have had some fantastic 5* reviews that can be viewed on this website and on facebook.

I am passionate about teaching swimming and as such am always looking for ways to improve my teaching and the offerings of the swim school.  I have recently become Autism Swim Certified, you can find out what this means by going to Autism Swim.  


I have 2 sons, who are only a year and 8 days apart so life was crazy for a long while, especially as my husband works in oil and gas so was offshore or overseas a lot. They are now in their early 20's and life has calmed down.  They have both followed in my love of sport and I was definitely mum's taxi for a long while.  To be expected, I suppose but both don't like swimming, they love rugby and football.

I am truly passionate about what I do, I love meeting the children and the parents, being able to see the children so happy when they achieve their swimming milestones

and telling the parents and seeing them so proud is is a fantastic feeling.

Michelle x

Our fantastic Aquatic Helpers


  • Rose helps out on a Monday and every other Friday.

  • She has been swimming since she started learning to swim with her Grandpa at the age of 3.

  • She finished her swimming lessons and joined Nairn swim club when she was age 9.

  • She has swum competitively since, swimming at a variety of short and long course meets.

  • She loves working with younger swimmers and now coaches with Nairn Swim Club.


  • Jess helps out every other Friday.

  • She has been swimming with Nairn swim club since she was 8.

  • She loves swimming and helps coach the younger sessions with the club.

  • She has also been a Highlife Highland Leader for the last five years (helping coach younger children at sports camps and volunteering at various sports events).


  • Rachael helps out every Tuesday and Thursday.

  • Rachael has also been swimming since she was little and joined the Nairn Swim Club when she was 8 years old.

  • She has also swum competitively.

  • She also has been leading sports events with active schools since S1 and was a young ambassador in 2022/23.

  • She has a passion for swimming and helping coach children the sport she loves.


  • Charlie is a water sports instructor and lifeguard and works as a kayaking coach and white water rafting guide at Ace Adventures.


  • Roxanne is a pupil support assistant to children aged between 4 and 12 years old.

  • She has extensive experience of working with children who require additional support.

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